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Vestment Fund for Priests

$765 of $50k goal

Raised by 7 people in 4 months
Suzanne Sadler  Blackheath, NSW

I would like to see altar-worthy vestments given to priests and soon-to-be-ordained seminarians at no cost to them.  Vestments for the King of Kings at the Altar should be made with materials that are no less precious than those used to make royal coronation robes.

This would mean using the finest silk fabrics, silk velvets, and semi-precious stones.  Metal embroidery threads would have actual gold content to create raised goldwork embroidery appliques by hand as was done throughout the centuries.   Here are examples of antique raised goldwork:




Unfortunately, traditional vestment materials today are often the same materials used to make children's costumes sold in the local big box store.

I am inspired by the medieval practices that endeavored to craft the externals of liturgy, so that they carried the senses upward toward Heaven.  Sacrifices made by priests, sacristans, benefactors, embroiderers, vestment makers, cathedral builders, stained glass makers, and many others contributed to this noble effort.

By crowdfunding this initiative, many can make modest contributions toward restoring a sense of the sacred. 

As funds become available, I will purchase silk fabrics, gold threads, semi-precious stones, and other materials required to make Low Mass and High Mass Vestment sets.  I will offer the vestment materials at cost and collect a modest living wage (per Rerum Novarum) for the raised goldwork embroidery -- all embroidered by hand.

It is my hope that the full cost of the vestment sets will be paid for by many small donations and given to priests and seminarians.

Along the way, I will post progress pictures and comments from grateful priests and seminarians.

Thank you for supporting our priests!

~ Suzanne Sadler

P.S.  Please note that this fund is set up in AUSTRALIAN DOLLARS.  Overseas donors will find an exchange rate adjusted amount on their bank statement.  Here is a link to a currency converter .
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Update 11
Posted by Suzanne Sadler
3 months ago
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Update 10
Posted by Suzanne Sadler
3 months ago
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French Baroque Mock-up Chasuble
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Update 9
Posted by Suzanne Sadler
3 months ago
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I set up a virtual studio board on Trello for anyone who wants to follow the vestment making process, leave a comment, or ask a question.

It's a private board, so just send me your name and email, and I will send you an invitation if you'd like to be an observer. Write "Invite me" on the subject line.

sadlerandhobbes@yahoo.com

Once you are in there, you can go to settings and turn off emails from Trello if their marketing annoys you :-)
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Update 8
Posted by Suzanne Sadler
3 months ago
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Thanks to your generosity, stencil and appliqué supplies are turning up. I have more on order. In the meantime, I'm working on designs for the first commission in our queue. Once Father approves a design, I will begin making the appliqués.

This gives us time to raise funds for the goldwork threads and then the silk fabric prototypes!
Stencil & appliqué supplies are coming!
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$765 of $50k goal

Raised by 7 people in 4 months
Created December 11, 2016
LL
$100
Leonard Lambert
3 months ago
1
1
BF
$70
Brandt Family
3 months ago (Offline Donation)
1
1
$100
Suzanne Sadler
3 months ago
1
1
$50
Marion O'Halloran
4 months ago
1
1
$30
Veronica Brandt
4 months ago
1
1
MD
$15
Maria deSouza
4 months ago
1
1
$400
Tom & Suzanne Sadler
4 months ago
1
1
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